Visa is a kind of official document or certificate of endorsement on your passport indicating that you are allowed to enter, leave and stay in a specific country for a specified period of time or permanently. It can be a separate certificate with a stamp marked on your passport. Visas are issued by the immigration authorities of a foreign country after checking and verifying all your credentials properly. Once, you get a visa means you are permitted to enter a country and stay there for a specific period of time. However, the permission received through visa is temporary and subject to approval from the immigration officer at the entry point.
What are the Types of Visa in India?
Single entry Visas remains valid only for one visit to a particular country while Multiple Entry Visas permit any number of visits to a particular country within its validity tenure.
Business Visa is issued to applicants for short term visits to conduct overseas business negotiations.
Tourists Visas are mainly for the purpose of traveling from one country to another.
Residence Visa gives permits extended stay at a particular country. But, it does not give permission to take up employment in that country.
Work Visa permits to you stay and take up employment in a particular country for a specific period of time. This type of visa is also known as work permit visa.
Electronic Visas are not issued as certificates. Rather, permission is recorded in a computer.
Apart from the common categories of visas, there are multiple subclasses of visas offered by different countries such as Medial Visa, Transit Visa, Working holiday visa etc. Based on the purpose of your travel and the method of visa issuance, the categorization of visas are done.
How to Apply for a Visa?
You can apply for a visa both online and offline. In case of offline visa application, usually you need to download the application form and fill it with required details. Then, you have to submit the filled application form supported by all required credentials at your concerned visa application center. Different countries may have different application procedures for applying for visas. Many countries may not accept offline visa application. Also, the cost involved in applying for a visa also differ from countries to countries.
How to Check My Visa Status Online?
Visa status check can be done online. In order to check your visa status online, you need to visit the visa status enquiry section of a particular consulate and keep certain information handy with you. To know you passport visa status, you may be required to put the following information:
- Application ID
- Passport number
You can also track your visa status by visiting a third party website and entering your passport number and date of birth. It is very easy to track your visa status by using your passport number.